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RICK OVERTON & FRIENDS Sunday, April 14, 2013 09:30 PM Hollywood Improv, Los Angeles, CA
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  • Ticket Price: $10.00
  • Door Time: 9:00 PM
  • Show Type: Comedy
  • Showroom: Main Room
  • Tags: Alternative
  • Restrictions: 18 & over
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  • Laura Kightlinger

    Laura Kightlinger

    Laura Kightlinger stands out as a true original in the world of comedy. Her individual style and vision echoes through the incredibly popular characters on the hit NBC series "Will and Grace." In addition to her title as consulting producer on "Will and Grace," she's earned a recurring role on the show as "Nurse Shelia." Her first book, entitled "Quick Shots of False Hope," was described by the New York Times Book Review as a "memorable, disturbing and darkly comic debut." Laura is writing a TV pilot based on the book. Laura's unique talent has landed her film roles in "Run Ronnie Run" (with David Cross), "Pootie Tang" (starring Chris Rock), the Farrelly Brothers' "Shallow Hal," "Melvin Goes to Dinner," directed by Bob Odenkirk and the Eddie Murphy film, "Daddy Daycare." Kightlinger recently finished directing her first documentary, entitled "Sixty Spins Around the Sun," chronicling the New York City street movement to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Laura garnered the Director's Award at the Black Maria Film Festival for a short film she also wrote and starred in called "Dependable People." In addition to writing for "Will and Grace" for the past five years, Laura has written for "Roseanne," "Dennis Miller Live" and "Saturday Night Live," where she was also a featured performer. Laura was a cast member of Roseanne's sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Special" on Fox. She has made guest appearances on "Tenacious D, the Greatest Band in the World"... [MORE] Laura Kightlinger stands out as a true original in the world of comedy. Her individual style and vision echoes through the incredibly popular characters on the hit NBC series "Will and Grace." In addition to her title as consulting producer on "Will and Grace," she's earned a recurring role on the show as "Nurse Shelia." Her first book, entitled "Quick Shots of False Hope," was described by the New York Times Book Review as a "memorable, disturbing and darkly comic debut." Laura is writing a TV pilot based on the book. Laura's unique talent has landed her film roles in "Run Ronnie Run" (with David Cross), "Pootie Tang" (starring Chris Rock), the Farrelly Brothers' "Shallow Hal," "Melvin Goes to Dinner," directed by Bob Odenkirk and the Eddie Murphy film, "Daddy Daycare." Kightlinger recently finished directing her first documentary, entitled "Sixty Spins Around the Sun," chronicling the New York City street movement to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Laura garnered the Director's Award at the Black Maria Film Festival for a short film she also wrote and starred in called "Dependable People." In addition to writing for "Will and Grace" for the past five years, Laura has written for "Roseanne," "Dennis Miller Live" and "Saturday Night Live," where she was also a featured performer. Laura was a cast member of Roseanne's sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Special" on Fox. She has made guest appearances on "Tenacious D, the Greatest Band in the World" (HBO), "Dr Katz" and "Mr Show." As a stand up, Laura has been featured in two HBO specials and six Comedy Central Specials. Kightlinger recently created an animated series about standups in prison for Comedy Central, tentatively titled "Alternative Women Comics in Prison." Laura grew up in Jamestown, NY and attended Emerson College in Boston. She began honing her skills in Boston Comedy Clubs while at Emerson. Shortly after college, Laura moved to New York City and performed in clubs such as Caroline's, Stand-Up New York, Comic Strip and Catch a Rising Star. She now lives in Los Angeles and performs at local clubs.

  • Kira Soltanovich

    Kira Soltanovich

    A graduate of the San Diego State University Dramatic Arts Department and with training from the American Conservatory Theatre and The Groundlings, Ms. Soltanovich is extensively trained in every aspect of writing as well. "I loved living in the dorms at college because my father never let me have slumber parties as a kid. He said sleeping on the floor and eating from cardboard boxes was the reason we left Russia." Recently, Kira optioned a 1/2-hour hybrid comedy with New Line Television starring Scott Baio. Based on her writing and acting, she was selected to be a part of the ABC Comedy Development Showcase where she was named "Hottest new writer". She has shot several pilots this year, including a Pilot Presentation for Comedy Central. You might also hear Kira as the voice of "Carla", a teenage know-it-all, on the animated series, Iggy Cool. Kira has been a winner, finalist and semi-finalist in a myriad of comedy competitions and festivals, including Comedy Central's Laugh Riots, California’s Funniest Female, Seattle International Comedy Festival, and the Boston Comedy Festival.

  • Carrie Snow

    Carrie Snow

    Carrie has a lot of balls in the air.

    Whether performing her hilarious yet touching solo show, 7,000 Sailors Cant Be Wrong, doing stand-up comedy and voiceovers, or basking in the glow of being featured in The Aristocrats, shes a busy gal.

    Carries stand-up career was foreshadowed by her graduation from UC Berkeley with a degree in Rhetoric. She was barely able to eke out a living posing provocative questions that required no response. Apparently, theres not a lot of call for that. While working as a receptionist a Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, Carrie began professional party guesting, which led to being handily escorted out of many fashionable homes in the Bay Area. A harrowing stint as the emcee of an all-male strip show made Carrie dream of spending quality time with a man who could read a book without illustrations.

    The road memories: Carries the only comic who can say that she opened up for both Jack Jones AND the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the same decade. But lest we forget, there are also sojourns to thirty-six U.S. states, six provinces in Canada, cruise ships, English television, and even a week in Guam. Shes headlined at CAROLINES, THE PUNCH LINES, THE IMPROVISATIONS, THE COMEDY STORES, and CAESARS TAHOE, to name a few.

    In addition to the road, Carrie was regularly on television doing every stand-up ensemble show from PBS COMEDY TONIGHT (which she later hosted for two award-winning seasons), AN EVENING AT THE IMPROV (later hosting a BEST-OF episode), to guesting on every talker from THE SALLY JESSE RAPHAEL SHOW, MARILU, VICKI1, THE LATE SHOW, A LIST, LEEZA, to CAROLINES, and COMEDY CENTRAL. Her original Comedy Tonight performance was nominated for a local Emmy award, but was beaten out by a dog show. Lots of prisoners wrote letters.

    CRISTINA & FRIENDS was to be a precursor to The View, with Cristina Ferrare filling Barbara Walters pumps. Carrie was there too, enjoying the live talk format in addition to the clothes, hair, and makeup every day.

    Then Carrie was hired by Roseanne to write stand-up and special projects like THE MTV MUSIC AWARDS, and the monologue and sketches when Roseanne hosted SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. This segued into three seasons as a Story Editor on ROSEANNE, where Carrie ran her own joke room. She guest-starred on the sitcom as well. When Roseanne conceived her daily talker, Carrie was an original hire. Youd have to buy her a big strappin cocktail to hear any more about that.

    A book, My Moms Meaner Than Your Mom: True Stories of Mean Mothers, is in Development. It just never ends. Carrie practices anusara yoga and is trying to make the world a better place, one laugh at a time.

  • Dylan Brody

    Dylan Brody

     

    DYLAN BRODY is an award winning playwright, humorist and thrice published author and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. In recent years, he has emerged as a radio raconteur, whose witty and profound tales of his journey through life are unique, yet utterly recognizable to everyone, earning him a reputation as one of America’s fastest rising storytellers.

    Brody’s new CD, A TWIST OF THE WIT, his third with Stand Up! Records, was released on February 14th 2011.  The last two full length CDs were released in 2009 by Stand Up! following a sold out launch event at the Comedy Central Stage. BREVITY, a compilation of pieces originally produced for radio, and TRUE ENOUGH: Dylan Brody – Live. His stories are heard on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio’s LaughUSA and RawDog Comedy channels, and have appeared on KYCY Radio in San Francisco, WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York and KPFK Pacifica in Los Angeles.  His CDs were included in the premiere Comedy Catalogue for PANDORA.  In March of 2011 he began providing interstitial comedy content for Yahoo’s streaming radio system and CBS interactive, his short comedic rants acquiring more than a million and a half individual impressions each day.

    In addition to his regular performance schedule in 2010, Dylan appearedin the George Carlin Tribute at the New York Public Library, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, featuring Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, Ben Stiller, Kevin Smith, Louis C.K., and publisher Lewis Lapham, among others, and produced by Kelly Carlin and Tony Hendra. George Carlin, whom Dylan deeply admired as a child, once referred to Brody as a “very funny young political comic.” This, of course, was back when Dylan was young.  And a political comic.

    His one-person show MORE ARTS /LESS MARTIAL premiered in January 2009 to a standing ovation. The piece takes Brody and his audience on a poignant and often hilarious journey from a childhood of bullied insecurity to an adulthood of martial arts study, personal growth and ultimately true Mastery of storytelling and Taekwondo.

    In early 2007, Dylan Brody’s Thinking Allowed, brought long form humor and insight, literate and literary, to a broad based audience. The show, the first of its kind ever in the venue, enjoyed a successful six month run on the main stage at the Hollywood Improv. Mr. Brody began performing stand-up in New York the summer after he finished high school. During his sophomore year at Sarah Lawrence College, the world famous Improvisation in Hell’s Kitchen accepted him as a regular performer.

    Dylan also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England while he worked London’s comedy clubs and developed a loyal following at the Canal Café Theater where he performed weekly. Returning to America, Dylan worked venues from New York to Los Angeles, sharing the stage with some of the comedy world’s biggest stars including: Adam Sandler, Jeff Foxworthy, Dennis Miller, Jon Lovitz, Larry Miller, Norm McDonald, Louie Anderson, Richard Belzer, Larry David, and Jerry Seinfeld. He has appeared at M.I.T., at Sarah Lawrence College’s vast Reisinger Concert Hall and served as Northfield Mount Hermon School’s first ever Artist in Residence. He haswritten for dozens of comedians, including Jay Leno, who has used Brody’s work in his monologues on NBC’s The Tonight Show.

    Mr. Brody wrote his first play while still in grade school, and went on to become a prolific writer and novelist.  Tonight’s play, Mother May I, won the prestigious Stanley Drama Award for playwriting. His novels, A Tale of a Hero and The Song of Her Sword and The Warm Hello, were published in 1997 and 1999, respectively, and his novella, Heroes Fall, was published in 2009.  A collection of his stories, Xenophobia and the Jewish Druid and other stories – a prequel to future works was released in 2010.

    Brody’s work has been published in periodicals ranging from TSR’s Adventure Fantasy magazine, Dragon, to Harvard Press’ scientific humor magazine, Annals of Improbable! Research.

    For more than two decades, Dylan Brody has been making people laugh around the world. He has evolved into an artful anecdotalist with an engaging style all his own.


  • Jann Karam

    Jann Karam

    Jann Karam is a comedian, actor and writer who the LA Times calls "a woman blessed with looks, talent and the gift of restraint," and the New York Times, "a comedic breakthrough." Her numerous TV credits include Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, HBO'S Young Comedians Show, Seinfeld, and many more, including ABC's How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life).
     
    Her humorous, widely-viewed political essay "A Superficial Take" was published in Huffington Post; she released the well- received comedy albums Live at the Blue Loon (2001) and Same Guy, Different Shirt (2010); and she wrote, directed, and starred in the multi festival-award-winning short film, Under the Big Muu-Muu (Castle Rock Entertainment), a funny, touching look at mother- daughter relationships. Jerry Seinfeld calls it "Funny and original! If you have a mother -- when you get to the end -- you can't not cry.?  She has also written a book based on Reclining Nude, a collection of funny, poignant essays about life, love, and finding a place to lie down. 
     
    Jann loves sharing her knowledge and comedy experience with this talented and clever group of artists! 
     

  • Cathy Ladman

    Cathy Ladman

    The best way to get inside Cathy Ladman's head is to see her live. As one of the country's top comedians, Ladman's show is a self-probing, anxiety-venting vehicle, which draws laughter from exposing personal neurosis. She has not only appeared on "The Tonight Show" nine times, but was also the only female comic to appear on the last two Johnny Carson "Tonight Show Anniversary" shows. Cathy has had her own HBO "One Night Stand" comedy special and, in 1992, was awarded the American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand Up Comic. Most recently, Cathy was one of the three finalists in Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom in America.” A native New Yorker, now living in Los Angeles, Cathy is successfully pursuing an acting career in television and film. Her film credits include roles in "The Aristocrats," "White Oleander," "What Planet Are You From?" "My Fellow Americans," and "Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead." Her television pilots include "Caroline in the City," in which she had a recurring role, "Next Exit," "Carlos," "American Nuclear," and "Hot Prospects." She appeared regularly on ABC's "Politically Incorrect" and, when it was in production, Comedy Central's "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist." She has guest starred on Fox's "Titus" and CBS's "Everybody Loves Raymond." Besides comedy monologue, Cathy's writing career includes developing original television treatments, episodic scripts, and feature-length screenplays. Cathy has been a writer on several shows, including "Roseanne," "Caroline in the City," "The Caroline Rhea Show." In addition to stand-up, TV, and film, Cathy has been acting in live theatre. She recently appeared in a successful Off-Broadway run of, “The JAP Show: The Princesses of Comedy.” In 2004 –'05, she appeared in the 25th Anniversary Production of "Last Summer at Bluefish Cove," which was nominated for a GLAAD Award. She developed her own show, " Scaredypants," with HBO, and took it to the Aspen Comedy Festival, and she's currently working on a new solo show, entitled, "Does This Show Make Me Look Fat?"

  • Gary  Stockdale

    Gary Stockdale

    GARY STOCKDALE is a 2-time EMMY-nominated composer, who has composed music for television shows such as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; To Tell the Truth; and Showtime’s Penn & Teller: BULLSHIT! He was the music director for one of TV’s last real variety shows, Penn & Teller’s SIN CITY SPECTACULAR on F/X. Gary also wrote music for The Aristocrats, by Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza. As a performer and singer, Gary has appeared in NBC's Studio 60: Live on the Sunset Strip, was an original member of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and was a soloist in the cult classic musical TV series Cop/Rock. He has also lent his voice to such films as Avatar, The Simpsons Movie, The Watchmen, and TV’s The Family Guy.

Description: Producer Chris Pina likes to describe Rick Overton & Friends as, 'Indie comedy, a much desired alternative to the usual comedy club scene out there. It's a fearless, innovative, gut-splittingly funny, thinking-person's event that brings together daring, smart comedy and cool music. All the components (the cast) conjure an inventive, bold mosaic of truth-telling through their senses of humor and humanity. The artists of Rick Overton & Friends would just like to entertain, enlighten and make your brain balls more rounded
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